(CNN) – Mitt Romney has won Tuesday's American Samoa GOP caucus, local party officials tell CNN.
The former Massachusetts governor picks up all of the U.S. territory’s nine delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer.
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“We are excited as a party to help move the process along so the Republicans can start unifying to help beat President Obama in 2012,” Brandon Smart, executive director of the American Samoa Republican Party, tells CNN. “We believe as a party that we are behind a great individual who can pull this country together both on economic and social principles.”
The victory is one bright spot for Romney on a night when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum grabbed most of the attention for his wins in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. Hawaii also held caucuses on Tuesday.
U.S. territories play a significant part in the GOP presidential race in mid-March. Last Saturday, Romney won caucuses in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. He also picked up a majority of the delegates in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The next contest on the GOP primary calendar is Puerto Rico on Sunday.
Sen. John McCain won the American Samoa caucuses in 2008.